January 20, 2022

University of North Carolina’s Davis Library Now Home to a Liquid Galaxy Panoramic Display System

At the end of August we posted about “soft launch” of two “Research Hubs” inside two U. of North Carolina libraries.

Today, the UNC Library formally announced that one of the hubs is now home to a new Liquid Galaxy display system.

From a UNC Library Blog Post:

The installation, made up of seven screens joined in a semi-circle, invites exploration with a high-resolution display and intuitive navigation. The Library knows of no other Liquid Galaxy in North Carolina.

“From the moment the installer closed his tool box, students have been lining up non-stop to try the screens,” said Amanda Henley, one of the Library’s two Geographic Information Systems librarians.

Developers at Google created Liquid Galaxy in order to display Google Earth images and data linked to Google Earth, which is sometimes referred to as a virtual globe. The Google Earth library includes files such as maps, 360-degree building tours, geographic features, ocean data, street views, satellite images, and images of the moon and Mars.

Henley is currently working to add digitized maps and images from UNC-Chapel Hill to the display in Davis Library.  The collections include interactive maps that are part of the Library’s North Carolina Maps project and Driving Through Time: The Digital Blue Ridge Parkway. Both projects laid historic maps over current ones in order to demonstrate changes to the natural and built landscape.

Read the Complete Blog Post

Take a Look at the Liquid Galaxy Display in Action with GIS Librarian Amanda Henley.

See Also: Morgan Library at Colorado St. University is Home to a Large-Scale Google Liquid Galaxy Projector (March 28, 2013)

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.